Guam, the U.S. territory that’s recently come into North Korea’s crosshairs, was hit early Wednesday, with the island reporting a magnitude 5.2 earthquake.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor’s epicenter was 51.7 miles southeast of Inarajan Village, a community of about 2,300 people.
The earthquake had a depth of six miles.
AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS reported that the Pentagon has confirmed on Monday that North Korea just fired a missile over Japan.
Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, called the launch a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam, which is also home to key U.S. military bases.
The two launches in July triggered an international crisis as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged in volatile rhetoric.
On Aug. 8, Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” touching off a war of words between the two governments.
Kim said he would consider sending missiles into the waters off the coast of Guam in “mid-August.” Guam is a U.S. island territory that is home to two American military bases.
U.S. and South Korean forces began annual military exercises last week, an effort that Pyongyang claimed was a rehearsal for war.
Japan’s military has been practicing deploying anti-missile batteries at three U.S. bases in Japan. The U.S. military says the drills will test the ability of Japanese and U.S. forces to work together and assess firing locations at the bases. They will also allow Japan to practice rapid deployment of its PAC-3 anti-missile system.
North Korea has conducted a series of test launches to develop its missile capability and recently threatened to send missiles over western Japan and into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.
North Korea had not launched any missiles since the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions against the rogue nation on Aug. 5. Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson trumpeted the lack of “missile launches or provocative acts” by the North since the resolution was passed.
“I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we’ve not seen in the past,” Tillerson said at the time.
On Wednesday, North Korea’s state media released photos that appeared to show concept designs of one or possibly two new missiles.
The diagrams were seen hanging on a wall behind leader Kim Jong Un while he visited a plant that makes solid-fuel engines for the country’s ballistic-missile program.
One of the photos clearly showed a diagram for a missile called “Pukguksong-3,” which appears to be the latest in its Pukguksong, or Polaris, series. The other was harder to discern, though it carried a “Hwasong,” or Mars, designation name.
North Korea successfully tested the submarine-launched Pukguksong-1 in August last year. It then followed up with a successful test of the land-based Pukguksong-2 in February this year. Both are believed to have intermediate ranges that could target Japan and the U.S. bases there but not the mainland United States.
Hwasong is what North Korea calls most of its missiles, including its only ICBM — the Hwasong-14, which it tested last month. That missile is believed capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, though it probably needs another year or more of fine-tuning before it could be a serious threat.
The missile was the 18th to be launched this year by North Korea. This is the third time North Korea has fired a missile over Japan. The last time was in 2009.
A missile was also fired over Japan in the 1990’s.